#CharityTuesday – re: charity Blog

Today we turn the #CharityTuesday proverbial table.

Instead of focusing on an audience of donors and the worthy causes to which they can give, we will instead focus on an audience of nonprofit professionals, and the dynamic resources that are available to them.

This idea came to me on Thanksgiving Monday as I read a post written by Brady Josephson of the re: charity blog, which happens to be our #CharityTuesday honouree this week!

Specifically, the post I was reading was entitled “Millennials Changing Philanthropy” and it focused on the philanthropic characteristics of those born in the years of 1980-2000. In particular, one shocking characteristic of these Millennials is that they are said to be transferred $30 trillion of wealth in the next 30 years.

(I had to write out the word “trillion” because, to be honest, I wasn’t sure how to represent that number numerically. Too. Many. Zeros.)

The best part about the re: charity blog, however, is not just a “fun fact” producing publication. No, rather the opposite. For example, the blog post I read offered insights into what to expect from Millennials in regards to giving trends, motivation for giving, and expectations for direct involvement in impacting change.

Truly, this blog and its writer are worthy of your time as a professional working in the charitable space. You will continue to be challenged, moved, and encouraged within your work after having read his posts. Consider starting with some of the following posts that we’ve personally enjoyed and were inspired by:

Best part about Brady and his posts – it’s free. If there is indeed a way for you to “give back” to the re: charity blog, it would be to follow, subscribe to, share, tweet, comment on, and like his posts so that your network, too, can benefit from keen and thoughtful insight into the charitable sector.


About #CharityTuesday: Each week, we’ll use the popular CharityTuesday hashtag and Twitter recognition to highlight our Tuesday blog post on Canadian charities that are close to our hearts!

Family Matters: Why I Haven’t Been Blogging

Yesterday is a good example of why I haven’t been blogging regularly over the past nine months.

Here’s what happened.

Long story, short, is that I was supposed to catch a plane for a business trip at 8:50am in the morning, and despite having been up at 5:44am, and arriving at the airport by 7:15am, the flight closed ten minutes before I checked-in. I had to book myself onto the next flight, which was at 8:00pm that evening.

Frustrated, tired, and without coffee now for almost three hours, I drove the hour it takes me to get back home, being sure to stop at my local Starbucks for my venti latte infusion.

When I got home, I was greeted by my wife and daughter, who happened to be home from work and school, respectively, that day. The three of us spent the rest of the morning and afternoon together enjoying a meal together around the table and watching a movie. My wife then drove me back out to the airport four hours before my new flight was to depart.

Looking back, I’m grateful for having missed that flight because after two weeks of frantically preparing for this out-of-town business trip, I didn’t get to spend a lot of purposeful time with my family.

Even the night before I was to leave, I had the best of intentions of spending an hour of “me-and-you” time with the wife, but with her work and volunteer schedule, and the endless to-do list I had, it just didn’t happen.

Thanks, however, to those few spontaneous hours of family time with which I was granted because of whatever crazy happenstance that occurred at the airport that morning; my wife, daughter, and I were able to spend meaningful, memory-making time together before I left, and I’m forever grateful for it.

This meaningful family time is precisely why I have not been regularly blogging or active on social media for the better part of the year. While some superb and exciting things have happened to our family over the past year, at the same time our family has not been spared from trials and tribulations. With this in mind, some things had to be put aside for betterment and well-being of our family – for me, part of that was my social media activity for my business. Don’t get me wrong, my business is vitally important to me and my family, however, it is not as a whole, more important than a whole family.

Thus, with yesterday’s fresh reminder of what meaningful family time feels like and how much it is needed, I am slowly reintroducing my social media activity within the not-for-profit executive search market with this new blog series entitled, “Family Matters”, which will focus on what I’ve learned or observed from my family related to the not-for-profit sector over these past nine months while I’ve been offline.

If you find yourself relating to my own story, even just a little bit, consider the inspiration offered by the following video entitled, “Look Up” by Gary Turk; a video which reminds us to look up from our pricey phones, computers, tablets, and devices, and instead connect face-to-face with the priceless people within our lives.

Recruiting for a Change: Maximizing Creativity

Now more than ever, candidates engaging in the job search or recruitment process are expected to be creative.

There are likely a number of reasons why creativity is in such high demand. For one, it allows a candidate to stand out from the rest. No longer does having a bachelor degree or even a masters degree set you a part from others on the short-list. It’s likely even your experience is comparable to that of the other candidates in the process. Perhaps you hope your skills would prove to give you an edge, but you probably all have the typical 3-5 years of experience in something; a working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite; and have mastered punctuality. So, what’s the secret to standing out among the rest in a job search process?

Creativity. Read more

Recruiting for a Change: SocialHeadhunter.com

You never need a recruiter until it’s too late.

As a candidate, you never need a recruiter until you’ve lost your job, been fired, or resigned. And then, at that point, you’re not the ideal candidate no matter your experience because you’re an active job-seeker rather than passive. It’s always easier to place someone who has a job than one who is without a job.

On the other hand, as an organization you never need a recruiter until your President, CFO, or VP of Philanthropy resigns and you’re left trying to fill a gap in the interim while completing a search process and burning out your remaining staff in the meantime.

In the spirit of our newest blog series “Recruiting for a Change”, it seems that recruiters need to make more time for you now – when you don’t need them and they don’t need you. Read more

Why Charity Executives Should be Active on LinkedIn [INFOGRAPHIC]

You need to be on LinkedIn.

This is especially true if you’re a charity executive with any sort of fundraising responsibility.

Even if you have no intention of transitioning to a new role any time soon, LinkedIn can be one of your most powerful tools for networking and raising funds. After all, according to one of LinkedIn’s latest infographics, LinkedIn’s members are:

  • affluent, educated, and influential;
  • have an average US household income of $83,000;
  • have twice the buying power (and therefore giving power) of the average US consumer; and
  • are six times more likely to engage with content on LinkedIn rather than job activity.

Sounds like the perfect breeding ground for potential donors, doesn’t it?! Read more

Social Recruiting Series: A Conclusion & Infographic

Using social media is no longer a fad – it’s practically an expectation.

As we look to wrap up our summer Social Recruiting Series of blog posts, I’m curious to know if you’ve used some of your down-time during this season to explore new social media platforms or have attempted to be more strategic with the social networks in which you were already involved?

In an infographic entitled, The Future, Social CEO, discovered on CEO.com the future of C-Suite social media engagement is explored. Not only has social media and communication affected the recruiting sector, it has also had significant affects on intelligence and marketing research; customer relationship management; and public engagement. Read more

Social Recruiting Series: Social Media Posting Guide [INFOGRAPHIC]

In exploring my RSS feeds today, I came across a great infographic entitled, Social Media Posting Guide, on Brady Josephson’s blog called re:charity. Whether or not you perform in the non-profit sector, you’ll be sure to glean valuable information from this infographic – originally from Top Non-Profits – which highlights best practices for using social media to spread your message.


Related Posts:

Social Recruiting Series: An Introduction & Infographic
Social Recruiting Series: Social Media vs. Social Communication
Social Recruiting Series: Popular Social Communication Sites
Social Recruiting Series: Best Practices for LinkedIn
Social Recruiting Series: Facebook Faux Pas
Social Recruiting Series: Tips for the Twitterverse
Social Recruiting Series: Make Blogging Work for You
Social Recruiting [INFOGRAPHIC] from Bullhorn Reach

Social Recruiting Series: Make Blogging Work for You

Ever wonder where the term “blog” comes from?

According to the dictionary on my MacBook, the word “blog” originated in the 1990’s as a short form of the term “weblog”. Fascinating, I know.

Blogs are created every day and for every reason. In the case of social recruiting, blogs can enhance opportunities for both the recruiter and the candidate. Read more

Social Recruiting Series: Tips for the Twitterverse

When it comes to social recruiting, LinkedIn is the primary platform for use in recruiting both active and passive candidates, followed by Twitter.

Similar to Facebook, Twitter will most certainly not be the deciding factor in whether or not you land your dream job, but it can indeed play a significant part in whether or not you are considered a serious candidate. Read more

Social Recruiting Series: Facebook Faux Pas

Facebook is not likely to land you a new job, but it may cost you a new job.

You see, the craft of social recruiting involves the use of social media platforms for both recruiting and screening purposes. Depending on what recruiters and HR managers discover on your various social communication networks during the screening process, you could either be thrust to the top of or deleted from the candidate short list.

Not convinced? Read more


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